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Museums & Galleries

A visit to Athens would not be complete without a call in at its outstanding museums and galleries that showcase the city’s fascinating history and organic alliance with art and archaeology, as well as its diverse contemporary artistic expression.

HISTORIC MUSEUMS

The Acropolis Museum
A vividly curated trove of stunning sculptures, ceramics, and other treasures from the Acropolis, including five of the original Caryatids from the Erechtheion Temple.
 
The 14,000-sqm glass and concrete landmark, designed by the architect Bernard Tschumi, was completed in 2009. Beyond the obvious reason that it houses the Acropolis Treasures, the museum is also consistently named  on lists of the world’s top 10 museums, both for its contents and design.
 
The grounds of the early 19th-century Weiler Building had been used in the 1930s as an army barracks and later gendarmerie. It now hosts the Acropolis Studies Centre. The Parthenon Gallery on the top floor is ingeniously designed to recreate the magnificent temple’s frieze, using cast copies of sections currently in the British Museum and other collections.
 
15 Dionyssiou Areopagitou Street, Athens (nearest Metro station: Acropolis)
Tel: +30 210 900 0901

ART MUSEUMS

Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation
The newest blockbuster Museum in Athens is home to an extraordinary roll call of modern art masters. The 11-storey private art foundation opened in October 2019 and its  roaming 7,250-sqm interior space includes four floors of exhibition galleries, an auditorium, a children’s workshop, a 6,000-volume art library with a reading room, as well as a gift shop and modern Greek café. The late Basil and Elise Goulandris’ private art collection includes 180 sculptures, paintings, and sketches that offer a panorama of the most important artists of the late 19th and early 20th century—including Picasso, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, Pollock, Bacon, and Chagall. There are also two floors devoted to 20th century and contemporary Greek art.

The modern structure hovers above the façade of a listed, three-storey 1920s building in the arty urban neighbourhood of Pangrati. The courtyard was designed to complement the steps leading up to the church of Agios Spyridon, which was built in 1903 on designs by the noted German architect Ernst Ziller.

 

Eratosthenous Street, 13, Athens

Tel: +30 210 725 2895

Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation

UNUSUAL MUSEUMS

Athens Pinball Museum
Relive the nostalgic sensation of being in a pinball arcade at this fun, family-friendly museum near the Acropolis. The Athens Pinball Museum opened in September 2018, and is  part museum, part games parlour, giving the visitor a rare chance to get hands-on with over 100 working pinball machines (spanning from 1957 to 2007).

Panos Bitharkas, the founder, sourced an extensive collection of vintage machines from across Greece and has restored most to active service with new fittings and digital displays. There’s also a cafe-bar to unwind between games.

Dionysiou Areopagitou & Makri 2 , Athens
+30 210 924 5958

Contact Details

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Xenofontos 7, 105 57

Athens, Greece

 

+30 210 32 53 123

+30 210 52 01 611

 

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